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February 12, 2014

Council receives smoking ordinance draft

By BRIAN SMITH

Weatherford City Council members will begin looking at the first draft of a proposed no smoking in restaurant ordinance during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The WD will provide detailed look at the draft ordinance in Sunday’s edition.

By a 3-2 vote last month, council members directed city manager Jerry Blaisdell to draft an ordinance. No discussion or comment was made on the proposal. The ordinance is expected to come before the city council at its next meeting Feb. 25 for discussion and consideration. All speakers on both sides of the issue are welcome at that time.

In other activity, council:

•  Approved a general election order and a notice of special election to consider amendments to Weatherford’s home rule charter was given.

Heidi Wilder’s Place 1 and Jeff Robinson’s Place 2 position are up for re-election during the May 10 general election. Anyone wishing to file for a spot on the ballot has until Feb. 28 to do so. Both incumbents have filed for re-election and have been the only ones to do so as of Wednesday morning.

The last day to register to vote in the May election is April 10, with early voting running from April 28 through May 6.

• Approved the use of up to $500,000 in gas well royalties for use on engineering services for the Wastewater Effluent Reuse Project was given.

The funds would be used on preliminary engineering, survey and permit preparation and submittal, which were approved by the Municipal Utility Board at its meeting last month.

Director of Water Utilities James Hotopp stated in a staff report developing the project, which would send effluent to Lake Weatherford and help augment the city’s raw water supply, had been in discussion for the past year.

A plan was developed in 2013 and approved by the council and MUB last March, involving the amount of effluent being able to discharge and required improvements at the treatment plant.

• Appointed sixteen individuals to the Citizen Capital Advisory Committee.

Director of Capital Transportation Projects Terry Hughes said council members suggested 20 names for the committee, of which 16 responded to letters mailed out in January with their willingness to serve.

A number of transportation projects will be discussed by the committee when it begins to meet sometime in March, Hughes said.

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